The Mexican (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mexican (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though The Mexican makes a good attempt at originality, its ponderous length makes it wear out its welcome. Also, those looking forward to seeing Roberts and Pitt paired up may end up disappointed, as they are kept apart for most of the movie.

Movie Info

A clumsy criminal is put in a position where he not only has to save his own skin, but that of his girlfriend in this comedy with strong undercurrents of romance. Jerry Welbach (Brad Pitt) is a low-level Mafia "mechanic" whose ineptitude is countered by frequent (but unpredictable) bursts of dumb luck. Jerry's girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business, and after his latest blunder lands capo Arnold Margolese (Gene Hackman) in jail, so does mid-level crime kingpin Bernie Nayman (Bob Balaban). But Bernie insists that Jerry do one last errand for the mob before they let him find employment elsewhere -- he has to go to Mexico and recover a rare and very valuable pistol, which is said to be cursed. While Samantha objects to Jerry taking the assignment, he isn't in much of a position to argue; Jerry heads south of the border, while Samantha, in a huff, sets out for Las Vegas. Once in Mexico, Jerry finds the pistol easily enough, but making his way back to the States proves to be an unexpected challenge. Meanwhile, Jerry's superiors want insurance that he'll return with the goods, so they hire Leroy (James Gandolfini), a hitman, to kidnap Samantha and hold her hostage until Jerry comes back. However, Samantha and Leroy quickly strike up a friendship, and she soon learns the gunman has a sensitive side he doesn't show to the world -- along with a few other secrets. The Mexican marked the first screen pairing for mega-stars Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt -- though, given the film's narrative arc, they play only a handful of scenes together. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski, who won awards for his work in commercials before breaking through with the quirky family comedy Mouse Hunt.more
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: J. H. Wyman, J.H. Wyman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Box Office: $66.6M
Dreamworks Distribution LLC - Official Site


Brad Pitt
as Jerry
Julia Roberts
as Samantha
Gene Hackman
as Arnold Margolese
Sherman Augustus
as Well Dressed Black M...
Richard Coca
as Car Thief
Mayra Serbulo
as Emanuelle
Alan Ciangherotti
as Gunsmith's Assistant
Melisa Romero
as Gunsmith's Daughter
Dale Raoul
as Estelle
Jeremy Roberts
as Bobby Victory
Jorge Malpica
as Mexican Gas Station ...
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Mexican Policeman
Steve Rossi
as Vegas M.C.
Clint Curtis
as Vegas Busboy
Lawrence Bender
as Vegas Onlooker
Ariane Pellicer
as Mexican Ticket Agent
Carlos La Camara
as Car Rental Rep
Daniel Zacapa
as Bartender
Alfredo Escobar
as Car Thief No. 2
Luis Artagnan
as Car Thief No. 3
Fermín Martínez
as Chicken Farmer
Gustavo Aguilar
as Junk Yard Proprietor
Lucia Pailles
as Mexican Woman at Pho...
Gilberto Barraza
as 2nd Man with Gun
Luis Felipe Tovar
as Nobleman's Son
Fausta Torres
as Elderly Mexican Lady
Lolo Navarro
as Chosen Grandmother
Emiliano Guerra
as Small Boy with Flash...
Miguel Ángel Fuentes
as Big Thief No. 4
Arthur Taxier
as Hotel Security
Harrison Fuller
as `Big Tom' Double
Gerardo Taracena
as Reveler to Fire Gun
John Pisci
as Musician
Rudy Aikels
as Musician
Ronald Simone
as Musician
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News & Interviews for The Mexican

Critic Reviews for The Mexican

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (39)

An interesting mess for older teens and up.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It just sits there, doing nothing that a competent made-for-cable movie with C-list stars couldn't do.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008

First pairing of Hollywood's beloved stars Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts is a mixed blessing in this mishmash of a movie, in which different genres and styles strenuously compete for our attention.

Full Review… | July 17, 2007

The Mexican coasts along throwing at us double-agent/double-crossings intrigue, witty one-liners, and some evocative scenery.

Full Review… | September 27, 2006

Habla usted mediocre movie?

October 6, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The Mexican fails because the entire movie changes its tone from one moment to the next.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Audience Reviews for The Mexican


For all the bad things I had heard about this movie.... I have to disagree. It is not the best movie.... but it is good! Worth seeing!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Not quite the film I as expecting, so pleasantly surprised, Im not the biggest fan of Julia Roberts, but enjoyed this film regardless.

For me, the best role in this was that of James Gandolfini, perhaps a typecast sort of role for him but with a great twist.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

A fun movie that never got the credit it deserves. The pairing of Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts was perfect, they have a great on screen chemistry. The story was extremely interesting and was original, not an average romantic comedy at all.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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